Christmas with Friends

Christmas with Friends

by India.Arie



While vocalist India.Arie and keyboardist Joe Sample worked on new songs that, in Arie's words, "weren't coming together as quickly as I wanted," Arie had the idea to shift direction and record a Christmas album -- something her mother had been wanting her to do. Sample's own family members had been asking the same from him, so he was happy to go along. In September 2014, while Christmas with Friends was being completed, Sample -- whose importance to jazz and R&B is difficult to overstate -- died of mesothelioma. He plays piano on four of the ten songs: the opening "Let It Snow," "Silent Night" (featuring Brandy), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (featuring Kem), and "The Christmas Song." It's unfortunate that Sample isn't heard more frequently, but the whole album is loose and lively, supported by drop-ins from contemporary gospel, jazz, pop, R&B, and rock artists, including Michael McDonald and Trombone Shorty. The backing musicians, such producer Aaron Lindsey, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Nathan East, are top-notch as well, and Arie ties it all together, switching between the spiritual and playful material with natural ease.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602537961047
catalogNumber: 002147502
Rank: 3284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

India.Arie   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Dave Koz   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano
John Beasley   Piano
Javier Solís   Percussion
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Nathan East   Bass,Upright Bass
Craig Fundyga   Vibes
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Aaron Lindsey   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Upright Bass
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Brandy   Vocals
David Delhomme   Keyboards
Nick Sample   Upright Bass
Kem   Vocals
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone
Gene Moore   Vocals
Khristian Dentley   Vocals
Tori Kelly   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Dave Koz   Executive Producer
Joe Sample   Arranger,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
John Beasley   Arranger
Danny Duncan   Engineer
Buddy Greene   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Aaron Lindsey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Hugh Martin   Composer
Eric Morgeson   Vocal Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
John Stoddart   String Arrangements
Mark Casselman   Vocal Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
India.Arie   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Rob Skipworth   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Annalee Valencia-Bruch   Art Direction
Kory Aaron   Vocal Engineer
Hamilton Hardin   Horn Arrangements
Gerrit Kinkel   Engineer
India Arie Simpson   Composer
Rickey Minor   Arranger,Producer
Khristian Dentley   Vocal Arrangements
Timothy "Tip" Wyman   Vocal Engineer
Case Mundy   Engineer
Matthew Emonson   Vocal Engineer

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